About Pete's Greens

Vermont Can Feed Itself!

 

Photo by Jordan SilvermanPhoto by Jordan SilvermanPete's Greens is a certified organic, four season vegetable farm located on the edge of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom in Craftsbury, VT. We believe whole-heartedly that as more Vermonters eat locally, we will become healthier as communities and as individuals. By deciding to eat locally you support thousands of small producers such as creameries, cheesemakers, slaughterhouses, butchers, bakeries, sauerkraut makers, and of course vegetable farmers. Foods grown locally and in-season are also more nutritious and taste better, and eating them connects us to our place and to our present time of year. Local food production is interesting work that makes a great career and creates a fine quality of life here in Vermont, keeping our agricultural economy an important part of our culture.


At Pete's Greens we grow a wide range of organic produce and raise pastured meats. Our selection of organic produce includes all your standards as well as interesting and unique specialty vegetables with an emphasis on baby greens, heirloom tomatoes, and root crops. Soil fertility is critical to grow healthy organic plants, which result in vegetables with superior taste and quality. We incorporate the most current and proven sustainable systems for cover cropping and composting to naturally rejuvenate the land and provide a healthy environment for plants to grow. Our pastured animals contribute to the diversity of products we offer, but equally important, they contribute to the fertility of our fields by adding back important nutrients and aerating the soil through their scratching, pecking, rooting and grazing.


As a four season vegetable farm in a cold climate we are always pushing the limits of what crops can be started earlier, extended longer, or held through the winter. We do this by selecting crop varieties that grow well through each season such as hardy greens and spinach in the winter and perennial greens for early spring mixes. Moveable greenhouses are utilized to get an early start and also to extend the season for high value crops such as tomatoes, eggplants, peppers and cucumbers. We heat several of our greenhouses with used vegetable oil that we pick up along our weekly delivery route to our area restaurants and retail stores. Our root cellar has climactic zones that store different crops at the temperature and humidity that is ideal for each so that we can carry our fall harvests of potatoes, carrots, onions and more into the spring. The addition of freezer space has also allowed us to freeze summer crops such as corn, peppers, and squash for off-season locally grown treats.

 

Product Distribution

Our Good Eats CSA share members receive fresh produce year round at 30 different delivery sites, in 20+ towns throughout Northern and Central Vermont. We have three CSA share seasons each year for year round delivery: Spring, Summer, and Fall/Winter. We offer several share types, including our most popular Localvore Share which delivers a mix of our fresh vegetables each week, plus a weekly selection of breads, cheeses, eggs, grains, flours, beans etc from our farming friends and neighbors in Vermont. We offer the more basic Everyday Standard shares and a "Fancy" Share - our most diverse. We also offer a monthly meat share featuring Pete's Pastured Chicken, VT99 pork products, and meats sustainably raised by our neighbors and fellow farmers. By joining a farm and being a CSA share member you are sharing the harvest while keeping your dollars local. This helps to keep farms in production and supports farming as a viable business in the region.

Each week, we deliver our vegetables to co-ops, natural food stores, grocery stores, restaurants, and caterers in the region.  Our signature salad mix, specialty root crops, heirloom tomatoes, and more can be found on the menus of many of Vermont's finest restaurtants and of those who pride themselves on supporting local farms.  Though the majority of our produce is sold and consumed right here in Vermont, a small amount makes it's way to a few select restaurants in Boston and NYC.

On Saturdays, May through October, we hit the the Capital City Farmer's Market in downtown Montpelier, Vermont. We offer bushels of the freshest vegetables from our farm. Many of our customers do their grocery shopping here or some swing by to find new and interesting things to try. It's great to be able to meet our customers face to face here.

The Pete's Greens Farmstand is popular for visitors and locals alike with it's crazy vegetable and flower covered roof landscape. But the real draw is that our farmstand is chockful of our organic vegetables, local pastured meats, selections of local cheeses, an array of flours and grains, and a myriad of other local products.  At the peak of the summer season, we may offer over 100 varieties of vegetables that come in various colors, sizes and shapes. Our produce is always as fresh as possible and stocked all day long from June through October.

For year-round eating, we also operate the Farm Market in Waterbury, right on Route 100, where you can find our fresh produce and a variety of prepared, bulk, and packaged food, all following our high quality standards of organic, sustainable, and local!